Monday, February 17, 2014
Sunday, February 09, 2014
An Irish drag queen took the Noble Call at the Abbey Theatre (well done Abbey) to make a brilliant speech about homophobia. This, after RTE - our national broadcaster - in an act of yellow-bellied cowardice (in line with Ireland's insane libel laws which protect the guilty) shamefully paid out an enormous sum of money to certain individuals whom Panti Bliss had called 'homophobic' for their public stands against gay marriage. Apparently, it is NOT homophobic to argue in favour of discrimination against gays and therefore gays have no right to use this term when "debating the issue." Breda O'Brien and John Waters are the two Irish journalists who object to being called homophobic while using "reasoned debate" to explain why they are in favour of discriminating against gays by not allowing them to marry; also, the Catholic think tank Iona Institute. As Panti Bliss (Rory O'Neill) points out, we find ourselves in Orwellian newspeak territory when the two journalists (along with several of their fellows, but not the amazing Gene Kerrigan) and the right-wing Catholics insist that "reasoned debate is being narrowed" if Panti Bliss is allowed to use the word "homophobia"; while, of course, debate is not being narrowed by the threat of lawsuit against the use of a word. IRELAND WAKE UP. THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES.